Avon Products, Inc. (AVP)

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Coty Approaching Avon Again?

Rumor has it. High above the Alps, my gnome is hearing vague rumors that Coty has reapproached Avon Products (AVP) with a deal proposal. As Grandma Koufax used to say, "Dougie, if wishes were horses then beggars would ride." I am adding small to Avo...

Buying Drek

I am initiating starter positions in two speculative stocks with potentially attractive risk/reward ratios. Every portfolio should have some modest commitment to drek -- that is, speculative stocks with potentially attractive risk/reward ratios. My ...

Levels

Currently, 13 out of the 71 stocks I have mentioned recently are eligible to buy, up from only three out of 70 two months ago. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld): (To Kramer and Morty) What is this about? Kramer (Michael Richards): I'm completely changing the c...

Earnings Ups and Downs

As good as Sourcefire was, that's how bad Avon was. As good as Sourcefire's (FIRE) results were (shares trading up $6.50 now), that was how bad Avon Products' (AVP) quarterly profits were! But not much is expected for Avon, and the share price is ba...

Avon Calling

I am adding to my Avon calls. I am adding to my Avon Products (AVP) November $17 and $18 calls now. Low-price specs.

In the Crosshairs

I am looking to buy a gaggle of names on weakness. Stocks I am looking to buy in weakness include Yahoo! (YHOO), AIG (AIG), Fusion-io (FIO), Sourcefire (FIRE), Avon Products (AVP), Oaktree (OAK), ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT).

Scene I Would Like to See

I'd like Coty to make a $25-per-share cash bid on AVP. With apologies to Alfred E. Neuman, I would like to see fragrance maker Coty making a $25-per-share cash bid on Avon  Products (AVP). Without that, I have a lot of October call paper that will b...

Avon Gets Jiggy

Perhaps I will rue the day I sold some stock. Watching the price action of Avon Products (AVP) suggests to me that I will rue the day I sold some stock. As I wrote recently, I expect an announcement that the company plans to "maximize value."

Avon's Future

With Jung out and Hassan in at Avon Products (AVP) I expect the following: - AVP will reduce its common stock dividend and report weak 3Q 2012 results - AVP will accelerate its cost-cutting program - AVP will announce its intention to maximize its v...

Swan Dive of Avon?

This is our concern. I am increasingly concerned about the short-term profit outlook for Avon (AVP). I have sold much of my common stock, and I am keeping my out-of-the-money calls.

The Bear Case for Apple

The Bear Case for Apple

I have 10 concerns about the future of our market leader.

The Bear Case for Apple

I have 10 concerns about the future of our market leader. Pride goeth before a fall -- also publicity, handshakes and celebrity. The biblical injunction about the first and the last trading places often has literal truth. Thus, stocks and bonds, whi...

Avon Calling!

I raised my long exposure via shares and out-of-the-money calls. George Costanza (Jason Alexander): She wants me to dress smart-casual. What is that? Jerry Seinfeld: I don't know, but you don't have it.  -- "Seinfeld," The Bizarro Jerry I substantia...

Heeding the Calls

There are some very speculative Yahoo! and Avon calls with large rewards vs. risks. Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable. I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but I was perceptive. I always ...

Good Dogs

Avon and Yahoo! have weak fundamentalsbut potential share price catalysts. "If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right." -- Jerry Seinfeld to George Costanza (Jason Alexander) in "Seinfeld's The Opposite episode Av...

Scenes I Would Like to See

Have I gone 'Mad'? With apologies to Duck Edwing and (my favorite periodical) Mad magazine, below are some "scenes I would like to see": Coty takes Avon Products' (AVP) shareholders out of their misery and announces a takeover of the compay, which i...

No Swan (Dive) of Avon

Shares are up. Avon Products (AVP) shares are benefitting from the SEC putting to bed an investigation regarding potentially illegal contacts with analysts.

Coty Delays IPO

The short-term appeal of Avon as a potential takeover target of Coty is now diminished. With the announcement that Coty is delaying its IPO until 2013, the short-term appeal of Avon Products (AVP) as a potential takeover target of Coty is now dimini...

My 'Fast Money' Recap

My 'Fast Money' Recap

It was a fun session with 'Fast Money' gang last night on CNBC.

Avon Is Moving Up

Hopefully, Avon is in Coty's sights after the placement of its IPO. Avon Products (AVP) is getting a bit jiggy today. I mentioned this long on "Fast Money" last night. Coty, which is planning a $700 million IPO, has mentioned on Bloomberg that it is...

More Fast Times at 'Fast Money'

It was a fun session with 'Fast Money' gang last night on CNBC. Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn): No shirt, no shoes... Jeff and Stoner Buds: "No dice! Ohhhh." Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold): Right. Learn it. Know it. Live it. Jeff Spicoli: He's the full ho...

Largest Long and Short

My largest long is Avon, and my largest short is SPY. Largest long Avon Products (AVP). Largest short: SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY).

Recommended Reading

It's a good day to catch up with some reading and research. I am furthering my analysis of Avon Products (AVP) today. That said, here is an interesting column in Project Syndicate entitled "Judgment Day for the Eurozone" by Hans-Werner Sinn.

Buying Avon, Again

The shares are sufficiently deflated again to reconsider this investment. I am reestablishing my Avon Products (AVP) long on the hopes of a takeover. While I would never buy a stock simply on takeover rumors, the shares are sufficiently deflated aga...

Diary of a Dividend Diva: STX, CA, MXIM, LTD, AVP

Diary of a Dividend Diva: STX, CA, MXIM, LTD, AVP

Here are a number of in-and-out plays, as well as some offerings from consumer land.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

I closed the door too soon on Avon. There is renewed takeover chatter on Avon Products (AVP) among trading desks. I sold out my position on Friday.

Housekeeping Item

Avon falling. Upon further analysis, I took a small loss in Avon Products (AVP) this morning.

Avon Products numbers cut at Citigroup

Starting a Long in Avon Products

Its disppointing earnings could pressure it to consider strategic alternatives. I purchased a starter position in Avon Products (AVP) this morning. The company had disappointing earnings which could pressure it to consider strategic alternatives. (A...

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